As a kid I remember rolling out of bed and heading to the woods with clothes washed in summer fresh Tide or whatever mom was using at the time. I bathed using whatever soap and shampoo was in the shower at deer camp and seeing as 95% of the people in camp smoked, I would imagine I smelled somewhat like a summer fresh, fruity Marlboro to any deer that crossed paths with me in the woods. I did manage to kill a deer almost every year but it took a while to realize there isn’t a ton of challenge harvesting two year old basket racks. The big boys? They continued to elude me.
Nowadays a fellow could go cross-eyed with the myriad of options you can use for limiting your personal odors in the woods. Some may just go the old fashioned “play the wind” but I think if you are going to do it, go all in and if you want to kill a mature deer, it may take several strategies pieced together to fool his nose and to ensure you have a big taxidermy bill this Fall. If you aren’t contemplating it already, it is time to think about the synergy of scent control.
Synergy is defined as combined action or operation. With scent control, I don’t believe one can look at just one product or system and say they are good to go. Naturally, you should utilize the product or products that you trust and believe in but I am not sure there is one complete system that does it all….so I am going to share with you my favorites.
Please note two things:
1. I, along with #FitToHunt head trainer Nick Lape, serve on the field staffs for two of these products but we do so because we have seen first-hand the products work.
2. I write this article having not killed a deer in 2017 yet….by choice. I have had multiple
opportunities to draw and have passed.
So fully disclosing these two points, let’s move on to the real info on what (and how) I use to get close to my prey.
It all starts some personal hygiene:
As a coach and personal trainer, I know when I run into a solid case of B.O. Unfortunately, a deer’s nose is a lot more sensitive than mine and it doesn’t take a lot of stank to allow a booner to pinpoint your position and avoid you all together. I’ve used several products but have been a fan of Dead Down Wind Body and Hair Soap for years.
Why DDW? Honestly, they are a Missouri company and being from the Show Me State, I gave them a whirl. What I like about the product is that while it continues to knock out odors even after you shower, the product contains no harsh chemicals, biocides or antimicrobials. Being the CEO of a company that promotes being and healthy and fit, using products that help and not harm you is important to us.
If you asked me one year ago if I thought an orange, canvas bag and a cigarette lighter ozone blower could revolutionize my hunt, I would have laughed at you. I’m not laughing anymore. I have become a believer in Scentcrusher.
My two favorite products in this line are the Scentcrusher bag and the Ozone Go.
There are multiple types of ozone products on the market but the line from Scentcrusher is not a product you use in the field. The products kill off odors by bathing your clothes and in the case of the Ozone Go, your vehicle, in ozone. I use them as a one-two punch as I prepare for the hunt. When the alarm goes off I turn on the coffee, throw my clothes in my Scentcrusher gear bag and set the timer. It does the work while I shower. With the
option to blast ozone into the sealed bag for 5-30 minutes, the gear bag treats my hunting gear while I drink coffee. When it is done, I grab the bag, toss it in the truck and go. It really is that simple.
The Ozone Go plugs into the cigarette lighter in your vehicle and floods ozone into your car killing all odor causing bacteria including those from the McDonald’s bag in your floorboard from three days ago. As a coffee fanatic, this is a neat tool to help me blast out that last bit of odor before I hit the field. How good does it work you ask? I have tested it with multiple flatulent hunting partners riding in my passenger seat to and from the field; more out of self-defense than odor control. If the Ozone Go can handle that mess, it will do the trick for you as well. Seriously…what are these people eating?
Dampen the glow:
Another product line we rely heavily on is X-Out 360 from Pure One Outdoors. This provides another one-two punch because this product not only helps with scent control in the field, it dampens UV glow making it less likely deer will see or smell you.
What is UV glow? Humans see different than deer and the camo pattern we love is really just shades of gray to a deer. However, the fabrics that are used to create these camp patterns give off a UV glow in low light conditions and when do we often see the most deer movement? Low light conditions.
I start the process by using the X-Out 2 in 1 Laundry Detergent and finish it up in the field with the X-Out Odor-Scent UV control before I climb into a tree to get as close
as I can to disappearing. Last year I had a deer bust me in mid-draw. I had the right wind and was seemingly hidden. Looking back, I believe I was lit up like a Christmas tree. Once I learned about X-Out from Pure One, I made it a point not to get busted in that fashion again. Just yesterday I had a 2 ½ year old 8 point walk within 4 yards of me downwind and he never knew I was there. A long time ago I would have chalked that up to luck but not anymore.
Does the synergistic approach sound tedious and exhausting?
Don’t worry. It breaks down like this:
1. Wash your clothes the night before with X-Out 2 in 1 Laundry Detergent
2. Wake up and shower with Dead Down Wind hair and body wash
3. Treat your clothes in the Scentcrusher Gear Bag while you are showering
4. Continue the job with the Scentcrusher Ozone Go while you drive to the woods
5. Finish it off with a X-Out Odor Scent-UV Control spray down before you climb into your tree
What scent control products and methods do you use?
Leave a comment and let us know what works best for you!
As always, stay #FitToHunt!
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!